LANCASTER – A 26-year-old woman accused of driving her boyfriend to and from a robbery that turned into a homicide at a Lancaster computer store in 2012 has pleaded no contest.
Jinea Ingram pleaded no contest Tuesday to one count of voluntary manslaughter, and she admitted the allegation of use of a firearm, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
As part of the negotiated settlement, the prosecutor will ask the judge to dismiss the remaining counts against Ingram in connection with the case – one count of murder and two counts of second degree robbery, Santiago stated.
Ingram now faces a total of 21 years in state prison; and she is expected to be sentenced after the trial of her co-defendant and one-time boyfriend, Timothy Jerode Johnson.
The two were arrested in March of 2012 in connection with the death of Lancaster business owner Reed Keith.
Authorities allege that around 4 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2012, Johnson entered Keith’s e-Chap Computers and More store, on the corner of Avenue K and 20th Street West, with the intent to rob the business.
Keith, 59, was shot multiple times, and several electronic devices and Keith’s wallet were stolen from the store. The items were later recovered from Johnson’s mother’s home, authorities said.
At a preliminary court hearing in February 2013, an eyewitness testified that Keith was shot after he refused to comply with the robber’s demands. (Read more here)
Testifying at the same preliminary hearing, Sheriff’s Homicide Sgt. Robert Martindale said Ingram admitted to investigators that she had agreed to drive Johnson to and from a robbery.
Johnson was arrested on March 24, 2012 in South Los Angeles, and Ingram was arrested three days later.
Both have been jailed without bail since their arrest. Johnson is due back in court June 2. He is charged with murder, torture and two counts of armed robbery.
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27 comments for "Getaway driver in robbery, murder pleads no contest"
Max Pierson says
Dead eye psychopath stare…
I know ingram and she’s a sweet and loving person and I know she regret’s. ever knowing Johnson she made a huge mistake that she now has to suffer with forever. All for someone she thought she loved
“Sweet and loving person”? Hey wish,,, tell that to the victims family!!!! Don’t make me puke!
Sweet people don’t get involved with robberies. What she did was NOT A MISTAKE! IT WAS A CRIME!
There are some people around here who need to get their priorities straight.
And not a mention of the true tragedy…the death of a decent human being living a solid life trying to conduct his own small business. You clearly don’t get it either.
It’s fools like this, and not just black fools like this that make living anywhere difficult. This man didn’t deserves this nor his family. It matters not what race you are. From the looks of these two idiots, I suspect their just like the other one’s who commit crime – idiots with nothing better to do, and probably couldn’t spell BOB backwards. And for the record, our Mayor Rex Parris is in the business of weeding out these kinds of people, and if it take stepping on the necks of the minority population, the sicko pedofile dumping here, then I say, give him a bigger boot!! I moved here 14 years ago and there was nothing like what’s going on then, and I hate to say it but it’s coming directly from the scum of Longbeach, Compton, and Watts who have migrated to this quiet and peaceful town, and before you go postal on my comments, I am African American and I accept things as I see it, and not how I’d like it to be. Whites have the same fear base as I do, and for the most part (not all parts), they have what the problem is dead on. What we need to do as a community is take responsibility for raising these kids in the manner in which we do. I know for a fact the parents who raise these types have a tendency to turn a blind eye towards the illegal activities of their children, and it’s beyond ignorance, it’s for financial gain! Hats off to Lancaster Police Department, and our Mayor for a job well done when it counts, sure they need to find a middle ground as they have stepped over the line at times, but I’d say they are the lessor of the evil we face here. Time for all of us to get it together, in the mean time be vigilant and report crime as soon as you see it, the more eyes open the sooner you get rid of the cancer before it grows>
stay out they buisness
soapbox journal says
I wonder if their Moms are proud of what they turned out to be?
So sad. breaks my heart. I had the pleasure of meeting Reed and we had a long wonderful conversations. He was one of those people you meet once and you never forget! I’m a lucky person for having had the pleasure. Such a senseless act. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Want to know what’s wrong with the AV? Read this story! It’s everything in a nutshell, basically.
It’s everywhere anymore!! People are shameless, crazy and selfish…..just disgusting!
Mike C says
I live in Rapid City South Dakota and whenever I want to see how disgusting a city can be I just go to the computer and type in “the AVTimes and read about what goes on in the Antelope Valley. It absolutely sickening. So glad I left that place 3 years ago. Nowadays I live in a place where everyone I know works and a place where the police still give you warnings when they pull you over for speeding. And running a red light costs you twenty dollars. Our prison system consists of one prison that houses a total of 2000 inmates but has a total of 1000 inmates in the prison. Not to mention there are not ANY illegal immigrants up here stealing all the work from all the US citizens that live here. Oh yeah. If you want to wear a gun on your hip up here, strap one on. That’s how we roll up here. So people better think twice before trying to rob someone up here.
Looks like the crime rate in Rapid City increased when you moved there. It’s 97% higher than the South Dakota average. And, it looks like Rapid City’s IQ went down when you moved there.
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Read more: http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Rapid-City-South-Dakota.html#ixzz31AGIJyek
William—There is at least one person in every class that has to show others just how smart they are by being an arrogant, condescending ass. When you address someone’s I.Q. as being lower than yours, than all you are doing is pointing out your own.
Did you bother to read the comment I replied to, Einstein?
Sheesh. He was bragging about how rotten the AV is and how great Rapid City is.
I just posted the stats. Rapid City is less than half the size of Palmdale or Lancaster. And, it isn’t in Los Angeles county with the problems that brings.
There is always one person in the class that doesn’t get anything and blames the ones that do. It this class, it’s YOU.
@bird, oh yes, because Mike C is not arrogant and a disgusting racist. Please wake up.
Good job William!
It was weird that ‘bird’ couldn’t get the point of my reply to Mike C.’s comment before shooting off his keyboard.
No, bird wouldn’t possibly be in agreement with Mike C., would he?
Screw you thomas go to hell!!
“Either way, they’re disgusting leeches upon our society, costing us tons of money to support them in-between their robberies and murders of good people.”
Agree. Agree. Agree.
So right Thomas.
Seems like most of us agrees with Thomas…hope she burns on way or the other.
light the fire!!
Should be one way or the other… regardless, she needs to burn/pay for her sins….
She deserves execution, they both do. What’s going to happen instead is we’ll provide housing and meals and for all their other needs in prison instead of providing for their food and housing out in the world. Either way, they’re disgusting leeches upon our society, costing us tons of money to support them in-between their robberies and murders of good people.
Tim f. says
Agree with everything you just said!
So do I. She drove him to this place to commit an armed robbery and someone got killed. She’s just as guilty as he is and at the very minimum deserves life in prison without any chance of parole. I thought that was the law in California. How does manslaughter fit into this case?
When you factor in all the appeals, court processes, etc. etc., it actually costs more to put someone to death than house them for life.
an eye for an eye says
They deserve to get what they delivered and more. Rot in h3ll!